SPECIAL EVENTS

Bird Migration and the Gulf of Mexico

What: Dr. Todd Engstrom will present a program title “Bird migration and the Gulf of Mexico:  past and present.”
When: September 22 at 7:00pm
Where: Pensacola State College room 2142 of the Baroco Science Center (Bldg 21) on the main campus.

Beginning Birder’s Classes Fall 2016

What: Experienced birders from our chapter will instruct the beginning birder’s class.
When: On Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Downtown Public Library, 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola

Francis M. Weston Audubon Society is offering Beginning Birder’s Classes this fall.  Experienced birders from the chapter will instruct the classroom sessions on Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Downtown Public Library.  There will be a field trip on Saturday following each class for approximately 4 hours.

Cost of the classes is $100.00 for Audubon members and $120.00 for non-members of which $20.00 will be applied to membership in the Audubon Society. The fee is payable to the F.M. Weston Audubon Society, PO Box 17484, Pensacola, FL 32522 before the classes start.  Classes will be limited in size.

The class schedule is:
Migrant Birds  >  Class on 10/6/16  >  Field Trip on 10/8/16
Shorebirds  >  Class on 10/13/16  >  Field Trip on 10/15/16
Birds of the Woodland  >  Class on 11/3/16  >  Field Trip on 11/5/16
Ducks  >  Class on 11/17/16  >  Field Trip on 11/19/16

For questions or more information, or to register for the classes, call or e-mail Mary Jones at 850-453-9191 or brumarclyde@cox.net.

EXPERIENCE

DISTRACTED DRIVING

I have a confession to make. I’m a distracted driver.

Oh, I’m not texting or talking on my cell phone. And I’m not fiddling with the radio dials.

No, I’m birding.  I really don’t mean to let the birds distract me, honest!  Each time I get in the car, I tell myself, …more

ENJOY

picture1BABYSITTING NESTING BLACK SKIMMERS

Throughout the summer Steve and I volunteered to steward at the “Cross on the Dunes” Black Skimmer nesting site on Pensacola Beach, and were privileged to learn about their nesting behavior.

When most people go to the beach they sit and face the sea – we felt strange sitting with our backs to it.  Being forced  …more

CONSERVE

WATER QUALITY CONCERNS

By June 2016, Florida Bay had not received ample rain or sheet flow from Lake Okeechobee, so salinity in the system was critically high.

So high in fact, that seagrass began dying not by the acre, but by the square mile. Near Rankin Bight, this resulted in six square miles of seagrass meadows dying, and another  …more